Hover Fly and a Few Words on Macro
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I could photograph hover flies all day long, they look silly as they fly around some interesting vegetation. Because of the narrow depth of field most macro guides suggest photographing insects from the side. You can clearly see how F11 has barely covered the scene, for example, one wing is out of focus. This is a small fly and it was photographed from only a few inches away but I have cropped in closer. The other thing you will note is that the background, when it goes out of focus, halos just a bit on the edge of the leaves. That said the light has reached into the background illuminating shadows and highlights. I used flash and some edits were done to remove a few reflections.